Chord Electronics Ultima Pre 2 Pre-amplifier
Chord Electronics Ultima Pre 2 pre-amplifier.
What we Say:
The Chord Electronics Ultima Pre 2 is 2nd model of two pre-amplifiers in the Chord Ultima range. It is built in a full size chassis standing at half the height of the Ultima Pre . The Chord Electronics Ultima Pre 2 achieves the majority of the performance of the Ultima pre but at a lower price point. Multiple inputs and outputs are available on both single ended RCA and balanced XLR connectors. The Ultima Pre 2 features adjustable gain settings. The user can adjust each input to match the levels of different source components.
The font fascia is very striking with a pair of rows of LEDs which illuminate to indicate current output level. The case is constructed from large milled and anodised aluminium slabs which ooze quality and craftsmanship. As with most Chord Electronics products part of the inside is visible from vents in the top cover. The inside is illuminated using Teal colour LEDs which give the product a striking glow. Metalwork is available in Silver or Black. The pre-amp sits on Integra legs which enable stacking if required.
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What they say:
ULTIMA PRE 2
The fully modernised ULTIMA PRE 2 is built to complement stereo systems of the highest order and represents the finest Chord Electronics engineering inside and out.
Just as a preamplifier should, the ULTIMA PRE 2 adds nothing to the original waveform and instead preserves it with zero colouration. This is thanks to our latest advances in switch-mode power supply design, developed from aerospace technologies, and our ultra-low-noise proprietary solid-state circuitry which is both carefully shielded and equipped with premium system components. As a result, the ULTIMA PRE 2 is able to achieve unprecedented noise floor performance of -130dB, meaning your source will always sound like your source and nothing else.
Where connectivity is concerned, the ULTIMA PRE 2 has hi-fi systems (and more!) covered. Featuring eight inputs, four stereo pairs of XLRs for balanced connections and another four RCA for unbalanced connections, each of these can be gain-matched and individually selected. For outputs, a single stereo pair is available via XLR or RCA, to accommodate a single stereo amplifier such as the ULTIMA 5 or a pair of mono blocks such as the ULTIMA 3s. Naturally, headphone users are catered for, too, for personal and late-night listening with the addition of a high-resolution 6.35mm output on the front fascia.
Where system-triggering is important, (allowing the simultaneous start-up of connected equipment from a single button-press), the ULTIMA PRE 2 is equipped with three outputs which should be more than enough for most systems.
Inputs & Outputs:
8 Stereo Inputs and 1 Stereo Outputs
- 4x Stereo Balanced XLR Inputs – Line In 1, Line In 2, Line In 3, and Line In 4
- 4x Stereo Unbalanced RCA Inputs – Line In 5, Line In 6, Tape 1, Tape 2
- 1x Stereo Output – Either via Balanced XLR or Unbalanced RCA
- 2x Stereo Outputs – RCA unattenuated for recording loop
- 1x Stereo Balanced XLR AV Bypass Input
2.5Hz – 200kHz +/- 3dB
Total Harmonic Distortion:
0.002% 20Hz – 20kHz
-115dB on all inputs
Signal to Noise Ratio:
-120dB on all inputs
20Hz @ 100dB, 1kHz @ 95dB, 10kHz @ 90dB, 20kHz @ 85dB
Input Max Voltage:
17v RMS Balanced – 8.5v RMS Unbalanced
Output Max Voltage:
17v RMS Balanced – 8.5v RMS Unbalanced
0mV (Both Channels)
0dB 0.5dB, -20dB 0.2dB, -60dB 0.24dB (13seconds Full Travel)
All inputs subject to six levels of switchable gain – x0.5, x1, x1.5, x2, x2.5, and x3
100 kΩ Balanced – 50 kΩ Unbalanced
100Ω (Short Circuit Protected)
85v – 270v AC (50Hz – 60Hz) Auto Switching
Dimensions Without Integra Legs:
420mm (w) x 355mm (d) x 133mm (h)
Dimensions With Included Integra Legs:
480mm (w) x 355mm (d) x 173mm (h)